Championship transfers: Middlesbrough defender link | Tottenham and Arsenal want Villa star | Leeds, Millwall in news

Boro's defender is attracting plenty of interest
Boro's defender is attracting plenty of interest

Middlesbrough and their Championship rivals are busy strengthening ahead of the new season.

And reports today suggest that Tony Pulis could be set to lose a key player as the season nears.

Meanwhile, there is Premier League interest in an Aston Villa star and Leeds are keen on a player who spent last season at one of their rivals.

Here's the Championship news hitting the headlines today:

As many as four Premier League clubs are interested in Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, according to reports. The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Riverside Stadium this summer and Southampton, Everton, Leicester City and West Ham are all said to be keen on the centre back (Daily Mail)

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Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish is also attracting interest with six Premier League clubs circling around the 22-year-old, including Newcastle and Arsenal. But it's Tottenham who are thought to be favourites to land the winger and are reportedly preparing a bid (Birmingham Live)

Neil Harris' Millwall are set to smash their transfer record to sign Wolves winger Ben Marshall, who spent time on loan at the club last season (Mirror)

Leeds United are interested in Portuguese defender Frederico Venancio, who spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday (Yorkshire Post)

Brighton & Hove Albion have been knocked back in their approach for Aston Villa centre back James Chester (Telegraph)

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed their interest in Peterborough striker Jack Marriott (Nottingham Live)

Newly-promoted Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town are battling it out for AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor (Mail)